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Old 05-20-2014, 07:03 PM   #1
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Antelope Island State Park, Utah

Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, and it is a state park with two campgrounds. In early May 2014 I stayed in the Bridger Bay campground on the north end of the island for a few days. Some of the sites are pull-thrus; there are no hookups but there is a dumping station that also has fresh water. The Bridger campground cost $13 per night. The island is connected to the mainland by a causeway, and I'd say it's about an hour north of Salt Lake City, maybe less.

I've visited Antelope Island before and I think it's fascinating. The landscape is mostly treeless with a mountain toward the south end of the island. There is a ranch that is part of the park. There are bison, antelope, deer, and a large variety of birds. For both wildlife and landscape photographers it is definitely worth a visit.

One caution: in May there are black biting flies, which die out in June when it gets hot. I wasn't bothered by the flies on this visit because it was windy, and sometimes rainy.

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Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, and it is a state park with two campgrounds. In early May 2014 I stayed in the Bridger Bay campground on the north end of the island for a few days. Some of the sites are pull-thrus; there are no hookups but there is a dumping station that also has fresh water. The Bridger campground cost $13 per night. The island is connected to the mainland by a causeway, and I'd say it's about an hour north of Salt Lake City, maybe less.

I've visited Antelope Island before and I think it's fascinating. The landscape is mostly treeless with a mountain toward the south end of the island. There is a ranch that is part of the park. There are bison, antelope, deer, and a large variety of birds. For both wildlife and landscape photographers it is definitely worth a visit.

One caution: in May there are black biting flies, which die out in June when it gets hot. I wasn't bothered by the flies on this visit because it was windy, and sometimes rainy.

Mike Lewis
Thank you for this post. My Father lives in Layton, which is only about 5 miles from the Antelope Island causeway. We've visited Antelope Island many times. For those who would like to make the trip, make sure to get a buffalo burger at the Island Buffalo Grill -- and for those who are brave enough, maybe a couple "Rocky Mountain Oysters". No, they are NOT from the ocean!
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:29 PM   #3
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One of our local volunteer Fire Departments put on a "Rocky Mountain Oyster" feed yearly to make money. The local butcher shop saves/freezes those "oysters" for a year. CHORTLE. What a surprise for the un-initiated! Ya don't need to worry about SAND in the oysters....
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They're not bad Donna, but I prefer the burgers. It's the idea, not the taste I guess.
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Eaten a hot dog.. of course! I think for most women, it's WHAT you're chewing on that makes a gal go... hummmm CHEWY. Can't even imagine what 90% of men think.... and that's a true statistic...
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I agree, Antelope Island State Park is a great destination. As a Canadian bird watcher, seeing an American Avocet is something that happens close to home (Kamloops BC) perhaps once every 2 years. When we were at Antelope Island State Park I saw about a thousand in one evening!
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